Wednesday, March 17, 2010

!!Contest!!



We have a real, down to earth, contest for Rolling Around in My Head readers. I've been working on a new book and it needs a cover designed for it. We were talking about it today and trying to come up with ideas for a design or an image that catches the theme of the book. The book is about working to keep people safe within systems. The idea we want to convey is the sense you get when you are at home, snuggled in and feeling safe.

Mike and I tossed around ideas, he wasn't impressed with mine and I didn't like his. As we had come to a stalemate he said, in a moment of inspired brilliance, 'Why not ask your blog readers to come up with some ideas as to what images or pictures would portray that feeling. We could offer the winner the first off the press book as a prize.'

I thought that was a marvelous idea. I know the readers here to be creative, inspired and talented people. Who better to ask. So put your thinking caps on. You can put the ideas in the comment section or you can email them to me. We'll choose a winner if we find an idea that we are going to go with - next Wednesday. So you've got a week. Get thinking!

25 comments:

Adelaide Dupont said...

I am thinking of the feeling in a beanbag.

Or when you personalise your cubicle or desk.

Tara from MI said...

A snuggie blanket (https://www.freesnuggie.com/?mid=547741&a=55959&s=) with the names of some of the systems participating or mentioned in the book on the snuggli on person on the couch w/remote , cuppa tea in other hand, visible steam, beautific smile on face.

Belinda said...

A magic housecoat? :)

Sarah said...

I second the cuppa tea. That or one of those mother holding child Mary Cassat type pictures. Those always seemed full of love to me.

One Sick Mother said...

A picture of someone snuggled up in their own bed, which is quite simply the comfiest coziest place in the world for most of us.

For the idea of protection, I was thinking something around the bed or room (not something solid or encaging), that will act as a visual clue that that person is kept safe (a mosquito net? The bedoom door?) and a visual representation of the potential dangers being held at bay outside of that barrier.

OSM

Colleen said...

Dear Dave:

I like the idea of someone snuggled into a favourite comfy chair - the cuppa tea is a must. For me I would include a book on my lap and a cat but that might not suit everyone.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Colleen

Laurie McD said...

How about a group of friends around a kitchen table having snacks and beverages, laughing, playing cards or a game and enjoying each others company. The person who lives there could be serving something to show that it is their home they are entertaining their friends in. I think that being surounded by friends and people who love you makes you feel safe. To bring in the snuggled feeling you can have a winter scene in a window and they are warm and comfortable inside.

Ashley's Mom said...

A picture that represents a family (maybe not an actual photo but an artistic representation), but have the family members be of different races and ethnicities, different levels of ability, etc. Perhaps have this family sitting on the porch or stoop of a large home (which represents the system).

Maybe even throw in a dog and/or cat for more coziness :)

Lauren said...

A bed-fort! Bed's are comfy and safe, and creating your own world makes you feel powerful and in control of your life.

Amanda said...

Something like this came to mind immediately:

http://www.donnawilliams.net/Sculptures/Small%20Bronze/slides/Trust.html

Amanda said...

This is the link to the above.

Cindi said...

I'm thinking of being snuggled in a comfy chair in fromt of a fireplace. A library in the back ground with many books some with Dave titles. The person in the chair is dreaming of being safe within the system with different system names in bubbles above their head.

Anonymous said...

These are all good ideas keep em coming......
Michael soucie

theknapper said...

Please, no beds.......many children (and adults) have been hurt in beds.

Gone Fishing said...

Yet to find any system, being in which has been of any advantage or at all safe for me and yet staying as far outside the system as possible has not as yet killed me off and we can say we have achieved everything we have without and often despite the "Systems".

Perhaps a symbolic Joan of Arc in a Wheelchair fending off gigantic medusa like transformer claws with a Walking Stick

Gone Fishing said...

Reread all the comments and I would ask it to be noted that Differently Enabled or Injured (And I am both) People are most often portrayed as lazy layabouts who lie in bed all day or sit at home doing nothing when they should be productive members of the community.

We need something Aggressive Eye catching and right in the face of conventional views that will bring a wry smile to the faces of those in the know

Sumithra said...

I'd personally associate the feeling with the image of little baby peacefully relaxing in his mom's arms.

Anonymous said...

What about an view of someone walking the front door (their perspective) and all the people in theirs lives that make them feel safe in their home environment? When I thought about what makes me feel snugly and safe, the image that popped into my mind, was off coming home from work and opening the door and seeing my love ones inside.
Michelle

Susan said...

Apple pie. Is there anything safer than that?

With a ramp to it.

Okay, it might not work as your book cover, but aren't you glad I brought it to mind? I am!

i. said...

A brightly coloured umbrella...systems symbolized in rain drops? A diverse and vibrant group of people together sheltered or perhaps a symbol for home with the house with a heart inside.

Manuela said...

Mike: I think of that image you did for us of the black and white falling apart barn and in the middle in colour the tree. The centre symbolizes safety and hope the outside fear, loneliness and harm. Wonder if we can use some of the suggestions with that kind of look. Unfortunately, for me the first thing I think of that represents comfort and warmth (and safety too) are my slippers!

Baba Yaga said...

Easily: book, tea, blanket/shawl/similar - gathered round where one's sitting, if not actually snuggled into. (Optional cat.) And an oversized armchair or beanbag, in which to snuggle down as one could when a child. (But not, given the context, a picture *of a child.) Preferably in a corner, so that there's no scope for unexpected approach.

Probably not too concretely portayed, if you went that way: line drawing or something rather than photo, because the power is in the suggestion.

Or perhaps, a tree-house, with just the end of a retracted rope ladder visible. (There are some rather impressive tree-houses about. And that power to retract the ladder at will is surely what safety is all about?)

Or the same idea more simply, a hand holding the key to a door.

Fascinated that there are people who associate *people* with safety.

Amanda's (Donna Williams')sculpture gives me the creeps, fwiw. It strikes me that almost anything interpersonal (the proverbial picture of one hand holding another) has that potential; people are the greatest source of unsafety there is.

Incidentally, the book is on my must-read list already.

Jan said...

great ideas everyone and Amanda that bronze sculpture is amazing warm and beautiful. definately an awe moment

Anonymous said...

The words that came to mind when I read your blog were 'A womb with a view' playing on the epic film title. Womb - safe and secure View- that people can still have opportunties and not be cocooned. Quite what that might look like pictorially, I don't know. I am sure that someone could come up with something.

Sarah said...

The tag-line "womb with a view" cracks me up in a serious way.